Exmouth Market is a mini rival to Borough Market and a great example of a London Village. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods (particularly on a Thursday or Friday) , it’s a fantastic spot for lunch. You won’t find many chain restaurants (although there is a Strada), what you will find are a host of independent eateries and street food.
This lively single street in Clerkenwell runs between Holborn and The Angel, Islington. Most of street food is at start of the busy crossroads of Rosebery Avenue and Farringdon Road .
Be prepared to queue as you’ll be joining hungry City workers and Clerkenwell’s trendy meeja creatives to get your fill of hot tasty food. Burritos, fragrant Indian food from Gujarati Rasoi, Thai dishes, freshly made crepes, colourful salads, sizzling sausages and some amazing African food. The food in the market varies each week but that makes it more fun that waiting in line for your triangular sarnies.
If you’re looking for something more regular and want to linger longer over lunch there are some excellent permanent restaurants. Dollar Grills & Martinis serve some first class burgers and delicious cocktails.
It’s not all food though and if you want to pick your emails over bagels and brownies, pop into Brill (formerly Clerkenwell Music) and use their very good free wifi. This cafe / record shop has a interesting selection of music; you’ll feel that you can just hang out, read the papers and chat with your mates.
There’s also a fantastic collection of London books and well chosen publications in the excellent and cosy Clerkenwell Tales. You’ll be wishing you had longer than an hour for lunch!
Exmouth Market, EC1, London. The nearest tube station is Farringdon.